(Togo first) – Two years after the first Covid-19 case in Togo, life is rekindling in the country. This return to normal life follows the easing of restrictive measures and the resumption of economic activity in the context of a decrease in contamination cases.
After the first case of Covid-19 was recorded on March 6, 2020, authorities took restrictive measures, including curfews, closures of cities, closure of places of worship, and bans on gatherings of more than 15 people. people and even cultural and sports activities are prohibited, breaking the chain of contamination.
In addition to these measures, which date back to April 2020, the government of Togo then introduced new measures on 10 October 2021, in particular the submission of a vaccination card or negative PCR test 72 hours before any entry into public buildings. . In the process, authorities placed passengers from 7 countries in mandatory quarantine at Lomé Airport, following the emergence of new variants, Delta and Omicron.
Reduction in contamination situations
According to the Scientific Committee established as part of the fight against the epidemic, the rate of infection has dropped significantly since the beginning of February 2022.
“The number of cases of coronavirus transmission has decreased significantly recently, with no cases of transmission recorded. Starting from 3000 cases per week from mid-December 2021 to January 2022, we reached 81 cases in early February. From February 23 to March 1, we recorded 4 cases, with days when we only had one case. As a result, the death toll fell”, stated Djibril Mohaman, No. 1 of the National Coordination of Management of Response to Covid-19 (CNGR).
At the same time, several recovery cases were recorded in the commune of the Regional Hospital Center (CHR) Lomé, where Covid-19 patients are cared for. “We also recorded healing estimated at 99%.”, informed Col Jibril.
HE IS ” decrease in positivity rate and new Covid-19 contaminations “, attributable”strong mobilization of the population around vaccination “We estimate. More than 2.6 million doses of the vaccine have been administered to Togo populations, according to the latest official figures.
easing of restrictive measures
Faced with this observation, the government decided to reduce the isolation period of people who tested positive for Kovid-19 on February 22 to 7 days in vaccinated cases and 10 days in unvaccinated cases. It also allowed State-recognized places of worship to be fully reopened, all sporting and cultural activities to be resumed with public participation, and access to the beach allowed.
However, admission to these different places requires the submission of proof of vaccination and recommends the installation of vaccination devices close to these areas.
Resumption of economic activity
With these discounts announced, various cultural events were immediately announced in various parts of the capital, life in Togo returned to its almost normal course.
However, it should be noted that economic activity has resumed for several months. According to the National Credit Council (CNC), meeting for its 3rd session on October 7, 2021, “ After nine months of activity, economic situation indicators point to a more sustainable recovery than expected in activity in the tertiary sector, which has shown greater resilience to the negative effects of Covid-19. “.
The council adds: The average inflation rate was 3.9% at the end of August 2021. An improvement from 6.8% in July and August is 5.7% annually in September”.
Note that as of March 3, according to Ministry of Health statistics, there were 122 active cases in Togo.